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      …This may not be Xanadu as Orson Welles or Coleridge imagined it, but it you’re looking for a gaudy pleasuredome with Gene Kelly dancin’ to ELO, you’re absolutely welcome to this one…

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Oct 24, 2022

      It was never designed to age well and oddly, because of that fact, it remains relevant to this day. It's this impermanence that makes Xanadu feel significant; a then-product now-relic of the 1970s that celebrates the disco-era long after its demise.

      Full Review | Mar 13, 2021

      Xanadu offers a wealth of special effects entrancingly strung out along a rather impoverished screenplay.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | May 27, 2020

      The excessive effects and music are the main protagonists in this story where the best part is the choreography. [Full Review in Spanish]

      Full Review | Aug 13, 2019

      Xanadu is total confection. It's 100% ridiculous. Very little of it makes sense.... They really should have nixed the idea of finding a Gibb look-a-like and went with a song-and-dance man instead.

      Full Review | Aug 11, 2019

      "Xanadu" cannot possibly be described as a good movie, but it can be recommended to those who can tolerate large amounts of intravenous marzipan.

      Full Review | Apr 1, 2019

      A laugh if only for its mind-boggling awfulness.

      Full Review | Original Score: 1/5 | Apr 1, 2019

      This modern musical with tunes written by Where Are They Now pop band ELO falls flat on its face simply because the premise is so utterly ludicrous.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2/5 | Apr 1, 2019

      Though meant to be a throwback to old-style Hollywood musicals, XANADU merely replaces style and substance with flash and glitz...

      Full Review | Original Score: 1/5 | Apr 1, 2019

      Olivia Newton-John's encore-after Grease-is an awkward musical fantasy that dooms the Australian songbird to play a muse, one of Zeus' nine daughters.

      Full Review | Apr 1, 2019

      Engagingly surrealistic in a pop-glitter way.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Apr 1, 2019

      What could have possessed the people involved in Xanadu to go ahead with this utter nonsense?

      Full Review | Mar 27, 2019

      It strives mightily to achieve magic, but for all its sunbeams, mirages and tricky dissolves, it remains humorless and earthbound.

      Full Review | Mar 26, 2019

      Looks more like a nouveau record album cover come to life.

      Full Review | Mar 26, 2019

      This is not nostalgia: it's a choreographer's worst nightmare.

      Full Review | Mar 26, 2019

      The acting is wooden, the direction and cinematography confused, the special effects largely out of place, the dramatic interest nonexistent.

      Full Review | Apr 28, 2018

      Here's another musical mishap that landed on Creative Loafing's list of The 10 Worst Rock Films Ever Made, taking the #3 slot just under Staying Alive and the champ, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

      Full Review | Original Score: 1/4 | Mar 12, 2016

      Yup. This movie is stupid.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4 | May 12, 2012

      Stupendously bad.

      Full Review | Mar 26, 2009

      Look at Xanadu with an eye toward storytelling superiority and your head will explode. To appreciate the madness within, one must take in the blinding neon sights with an open heart and at least one nostril-coating line of cocaine.

      Full Review | Original Score: B+ | Jun 29, 2008

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